Fasten your seat belt!
Politics has found its way back to music and the Information Flyway has just brought you the kick-off of “The Malala Generation”.
Bourgeoisie in a great way, brave, concerned, inclusive, intellectual, liberal, progressive . . . .
Of course, not everyone likes that.
Ignoring the text of her speech, which spoke out for the rights of girls and women and implored world leaders to choose peace instead of war, the naysayers tore down the young woman, her father, and Western nations for supporting her in her quest for education.
Nonetheless, to reach back for the drift, last October, the BBC ran the header, “Malala Yousafzai will ‘inspire a new generation,” and you wish it could set you right on the ponies too.
As a young Canadian, I admire her. Only 19-years-old myself, I’ve been lucky to have seen some amazing and eloquent speakers in the past, including both Bill and Hilary Clinton and the former Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. Nonetheless, speaking just after the UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon, Malala resolutely took the stand. Not a single of those mentioned could even touch the inspiration coming from this girl from Pakistan.
Malala’s refusal to climb down in the face of death threats from the Taliban not only challenged their gender based discrimination, but broke the ancient code of silence (the ‘shut up and put up’ code) enforced upon girls. Despite the danger, she refused to be unvoiced. Malala demonstrated that nothing is more powerful and influential against the misogynistic and extremist narrative of the Taliban than the voice of a young girl.
Siddiqui, Fazeela. “10 Muslim Women Every Person Should Know.” The Huffington Post, March 24, 2012. While Malala is not (yet) a part of Siddizui’s listings, the notables mentioned may be illuminating along similar lines.
7: how many times more that Pakistan invests in military spending than in primary schooling. This coming fiscal year, Pakistan has increased its defense budget by 15 percent, to $6.4 billion, while education spending has decreased from 2.6-to 2.3-percent of GNP over the past decade. Only seven other developing countries in the world spend less than Pakistan does on education.
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Posted to YouTube March 19, 2013:
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Make of the juxtaposition what you will!
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